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lisa radosta dvm dacvb updated october 07 2015 published may 02 2012 share this where i live i see a lot of dogs on retractable leashes they are generally wandering pretty far from their owners investigating something in the grass or interacting with someone while these types of leashes may be appropriate for some older adult dogs they are never appropriate for puppies there are a couple of reasons for this 1 unless locked or slack retractable leashes exert back pressure on the collar at all times the back pressure is associated with freedom to explore this is generally a reward to puppies so…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 04 2017 published may 03 2012 share this last updated on january 4 2017 some veterinarians thrive on the thrill of being faced with new situations every day me not so much dont get me wrong i enjoy challenging cases but i like to feel that im entering the fray with some level of competence i suspect that most owners dont want their pet to be the first case of its kind that their veterinarians have ever seen this is a special concern for the owners of nontraditional pets or livestock basically anything other than dogs cats horses and cattle one of the dirty…

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petmd editorial published may 01 2012 share this diamond pet foods has expanded its voluntary recall to now include diamond puppy formula dry dog food sampling of the product revealed salmonella though no illnesses have been reported due to the product only the diamond puppy formula dry dog food products with the following descriptions are being recalled diamond puppy formula dry dog food 40 lb dpp0401b22xjw 6apr2013 diamond puppy formula dry dog food 40 lb dpp0401a21xaw 6apr2013 diamond puppy formula dry dog food 40 lb dpp0101c31xme 11jan2013 diamond puppy formula dry dog food 40 lb…

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jennifer coates dvm updated september 19 2014 published may 01 2012 share this the carlsbad new mexico area just suffered through one of the worst rabies outbreaks in the states recent history over a three month period from the end of 2011 to the beginning of 2012 32 dogs 1 cat and 10 sheep had to be euthanized because they had been exposed to a rapid fox during that december january and february tests also showed that 22 skunks in the area were infected with rabies what makes this outbreak especially painful is that almost all of the euthanasias could have been prevented if only the pets and…

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jennifer coates dvm updated june 22 2016 published april 27 2012 share this a number of my vegetarian clients have asked me whether or not their dogs can be vegetarians too their main concern is whether or not a meatfree diet is appropriate for their dogs if it isnt theyll continue albeit squeamishly to feed their dogs foods that contain meat im a vegetarian myself and i like being the bearer of good news so this is a fun conversation for me the answer is yes dogs can be vegetarian because of the way the canine body works dogs are able to eat a vegetarian diet and thrive while this topic is…

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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published april 25 2012 share this how to feed cats according to the american pet products association more than half 52 of cat owners have more than one cat some of the problems that plague multicat households such as turf battles and litter box issues are well known but owners often overlook the challenges associated with providing balanced nutrition to each individual feline here are four common challenges you may be facing 1 picking the right cat food not every cat food is right for every cat what constitutes balanced nutrition varies with a cats…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj updated july 31 2015 published april 24 2012 share this what makes a kidfriendly pet from my standpoint as a clinical practice veterinarian kidfriendly pets are those that wont directly traumatize a child or spread illness pets always have the potential to traumatize a child by scratching biting or pushing one over additionally a pets aggressive behavior or an obvious size disparity could intimidate a child an equally important issue affecting the relationship between pets and kids is the potential for zoonotic disease bacteria viruses fungi parasites or other…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published february 24 2012 share this what would your pet do march 3 rd has been named if pets had thumbs day in honor of this wonderfully wacky holiday weve compiled a list of the top ten things your pet would probably do if he did indeed have opposable thumbs which of these sounds most like your pet 10 give you a thumbs up if your pet had thumbs he would have a new way of expressing gratitude or happiness giving you a thumbs up 9 thumb wrestle itching for a thumb wrestling partner if your pet had thumbs were sure hed be eager to play 8 break out the…

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petmd editorial published february 24 2012 share this kiev a twoheaded central asian tortoise has gone on show at the natural science museum in kiev where visitors will be able to observe the different eating habits of each head over the next two months strictly speaking it isnt a tortoise with two heads but rather two conjoined tortoises yuri yuravliov a zoologist told afp the female has two heads two hearts four front legs but only two hind ones and one intestine he explained the fiveyearold tortoise has a heartshaped shell about a dozen centimeters 47 inches in width according to an afp…

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petmd editorial published february 23 2012 share this washington more than 50 million years ago the earth was a hotter place than it is today and horses the size of pet cats roamed the forests of north america us scientists said on thursday these earliest known horses known as sifrhippus actually grew smaller over tens of thousands of years in order to adapt to the higher temperatures of a period when methane emissions spiked possibly due to major volcanic eruptions the research could have implications for how the planets modern animals may adapt to a warming planet due to climate change…

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justine lee dvm dacvecc dabt published february 22 2012 share this i recently had a friend ask me in hindsight why their middleaged dog died at home suddenly they had noticed that their dog was off for a day and had a really bad night in other words their dog was collapsed couldnt get up wouldnt eat and had a few seizures in the middle of the night he looked like he was going to die with his eyes rolling into his head sadly this dog died the following day over 24 hours later when it was en route to a veterinarian being that this dog had never seizured before this was the dogs clue that he…

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jennifer coates dvm updated december 21 2016 published february 22 2012 share this heres a primer on the two most common types of mange in dogs sarcoptic and demodectic in compare and contrast style the cause sarcoptic mange infection of the skin with the microscopic parasitic mite sarcoptes scabei sarcoptic mange is contagious and most dogs catch the disease via direct contact with an infected individual people and cats can also be transiently infected demodectic mange overgrowth of mites demodex sp that are normally found in small numbers in a dogs skin demodectic mange is usually…

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petmd editorial published february 15 2012 share this hotel pennsylvania hosts 4th annual pet writing conference what could be more fun than a ballroom full of pet industry writers as it turns out not much the 2012 business of pet writing conference took place this past saturday at the hotel pennsylvania in new york bringing together industry leaders such as charles arcella of petside susan segrest of vetstreet and betsy saul of petfinder the pet writing conference which was hosted by charlotte reed and sponsored by greenies pet food institue and dyson was also a platform to discuss hot topic…

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petmd editorial published february 15 2012 share this washington the american humane association a 135yearold animal welfare group has praised the fast food giant mcdonalds for pledging not to serve pork raised in tiny crates millions of pigs spend their lives in crates that are inhumanely small and do not allow them to move freely and express their natural behaviors american humane association president and ceo robin ganzert said in a statement this leadership on the part of mcdonalds will not only advance the welfare of millions of animals but will most likely encourage other food service…

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petmd editorial updated june 26 2012 published february 13 2012 share this xolo mexican hairless dog popularly known as the mexican hairless dog the xoloitzcuintli pronounced shohloytskweentlee belongs to one of the oldest of the dog breeds and is in fact believed to have been brought to the americas during the monumental migration of humans across the bering strait an estimated 12000 years ago physical characteristics as mentioned above the xoloitzcuintli or xolo is often referred to by its nickname the mexican hairless dog this is generally a spot on reference to the xolos normal lack of…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published february 13 2012 share this celebrate love with your purrfect valentine so youve got a feline valentine far superior to the human variety in many ways we say of course your cat doesnt know its valentines day but you do and what better reason to share some extra love with your cat than hanging out in the kitchen with him or her and sharing some yummy delectables the traditional human treats chocolate and candy are dangerous for cats and dogs and are therefore out of the question so what to do here are five valentines day treat ideas to get…

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lorie huston dvm published february 13 2012 share this if you want to start a discussion that will get emotions running high ask a group of animal supporters whether its okay to breed dogs and cats youll get answers that run the gamut from no pet should be purposely bred to breeding should be encouraged because we need to save our breeds firstly let me say that i totally understand why some folks say that no pet should be purposely bred the number of homeless pets dogs and cats alike that are unable to find forever homes is heartbreaking that being said im in the camp that believes that it…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published february 07 2012 share this my furry valentine every year at this time a little holiday called valentines day sneaks up on us this holiday is often coupled with panic over the lack of a significant other or even just a date for the big day this year instead of fretting over not having a boyfriend to celebrate with make a date with your loyal pooch instead dogs are better than boyfriends anyways and here are ten reasons why 10 dogs never cheat they dont call dogs womans best friend for nothing youll always come home to find them waiting…

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lisa radosta dvm dacvb published february 08 2012 share this there is a lot of controversy nowadays about vaccinations which vaccinations should your puppy get how often does your puppy need to be vaccinated do you really have to go back every three weeks for another vaccine how important is all this anyway times have definitely changed it used to be that puppies got a lot more vaccinations than they do today we also gave vaccinations more frequently over the lifetime of the dog than we do today about ten years ago we started to learn that some vaccinations instill immunity for a longer…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published june 05 2012 share this show your dog some love do you feel appreciated by your dog when she runs to greet you at the door or wags her tail excitedly before you take her for a walk its nice to feel appreciated isnt it well now its time to share some of that appreciation with your dog everyone dogs included could use a little appreciating from time to time so here are ways that you can show your dog exactly what she means to you 10 always greet her with energy does your dog always run to the door to greet you when you get home show her some…

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petmd editorial published may 29 2012 share this tokyo a plucky penguin that was recaptured last week after nearly three months at large in the polluted waters of tokyo bay has conjunctivitis an aquarium official said monday the humboldt penguin one of 135 kept at tokyo sea life park was taken back into captivity after 82 days of freedom following a breakout that made global headlines and garnered it a following around the world on friday the day after its adventure came to an end the bird was diagnosed by a veterinarian as having conjunctivitis so we have kept it in a room separate from the…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 05 2016 published may 31 2012 share this i often counsel my clients to adopt mixed breed dogs but many future owners elect to go the purebred route saying that they want to know what theyre getting particularly in reference to a potential pets behavior this is an understandable point of view as long as everyone understands that individual variation sometimes trumps the breed standard which is why i was excited to see the results of a study published in applied animal behaviour science that clustered popular dog breeds by behavior specifically trainability…

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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published may 24 2012 share this 10 common poisonous plants for dogs reviewed for accuracy on may 14 2019 by dr hanie elfenbein dvm phd when your dog eats something dangerous like poisonous plants its a terrifying situation and its even more dangerous if you dont know which are toxic and which are safe knowing which plants are toxic to dogs can help you avoid bringing them into your home or planting them in your yard if your dog is a grazer the aspca poison control center warns that consumption of any plant material may cause vomiting and…

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anna obrien dvm published june 22 2012 share this horse slaughter in the us has been an extremely hot button topic over the past five or six years and with another bill in congress that is attempting to outlaw horse slaughter people on both sides of the fence get very emotional lets take a deeper look at this debate horse slaughter in the us is currently legal this is an ongoing battle as various bills make their way around congress but are never passed into law in 2006 such a bill made its way through the house of representatives and passed but then died on the senate floor multiple times…

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anna obrien dvm updated april 28 2015 published june 15 2012 share this as a medical professional i use antibiotics in fact i use them every day i prescribe them to horses beef and dairy cattle sheep goats pigs llamas and alpacas these drugs have fun names like tetradure and nuflor and spectramast most are injectable but some are pills that are fed or put down the throat of an unwilling bovine with a tool called a balling gun a common horse antibiotic is usually given orally as a powder hidden sneakily in some molasses for those crafty and ohsosuspicious equines and then theres the old…